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The Hair of the Dog
     

The Hair of the Dog

by Karl Sabbagh
 

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From the dinosaurs that caused sonic booms to the irrational nature of the number pi, essays on scientific strangeness
 
Science is full of surprises, such as the peculiar peepshow beginnings of baby incubators, the unexpected positive fallout from the H-bomb, or the fifth taste sensation lurking in everyone’s taste buds which

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From the dinosaurs that caused sonic booms to the irrational nature of the number pi, essays on scientific strangeness
 
Science is full of surprises, such as the peculiar peepshow beginnings of baby incubators, the unexpected positive fallout from the H-bomb, or the fifth taste sensation lurking in everyone’s taste buds which nobody knew about—except for the Japanese. While shedding light on these conundrums, Karl Sabbagh shows that seemingly trivial queries or assumptions lead to a deeper understanding of how science works. Who would have thought that scientists would turn to the hypothesis "All swans are white" to determine the stability of the entire universe? Or that if we choose to spend our hard-earned money on other people it might make us happier than if we spend it on ourselves?

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"The popular-science section of your local bookshop is awash with a growing tide of anthologies that aim to answer life’s big questions. While [this book] is partly one of those (Why is the sky dark at night?), it also collects more general and considered fun-size essays, covering every imaginable facet of science, from cosmology to psychology via particle physics, medical curiosities and mathematical anomalies."  —Focus magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848540897
Publisher:
Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
01/15/2010
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Karl Sabbagh is a writer and a television producer whose previous titles include Palestine: A Personal History, The Riemann Hypothesis, and A Rum Affair.

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